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Captain Phillip James Blumburtt was an officer in the Eleventh Poona Rifles, an infantry unit stationed in Allahabad during the waning years of British rule in India.

Amongst other duties, Captain Blumburtt's company was responsible for patrolling Pankot, and in 1935 he helped disband a resurgent Thuggee cult from Pankot Palace.


Suspecting a revived Thuggee movement in Pankot Province, Captain Phillip James Blumburtt[1] brought his unit to the region, and then arrived at Pankot Palace for an inspection.

Blumburtt's inspection tour to the palace was unexpected by prime minister Chattar Lal, who was forced to invite him to the Guardian of Tradition dinner. At dinner, Blumburtt and other recent arrival Indiana Jones began discussing the potential of a Thuggee resurgence, a topic quashed by their host, Zalim Singh.

The next day, Blumburtt and his forces came to the rescue of Indiana Jones, Willie Scott, and Short Round as they fell under attack by Mola Ram's Thuggee archers, after they escaped from the Temple of Doom.

Behind the scenesEdit

Phillip James Blumburtt was portrayed by the late Philip Stone in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Legendary actor David Niven was originally attached to portray Captain Blumburtt in Temple of Doom, but he passed away some weeks before filming began.[2]

During the development of the film's script, written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, there was a scene in which Willie Scott would try to tell Blumburtt and Chattar Lal that the secret tunnel in her room leads to the Thuggee temple. However, without Lal and later Indiana Jones, under the influence of the Black Sleep of the Kali Ma dismiss her claims and Blumburtt leaves the palace with his men.[3]

In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures the Eleventh Poona Rifles never save Indiana and friends. Instead, all of the Thuggee guards are devoured by the crocodiles. However, the characters "British Captain" and "British Commander" bear Blumburtt's likeness.

In Howard the Duck, a George Lucas production released two years after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and three before Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Tim Robbins plays a character named "Phil Blumburtt".



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